Internet star “Grumpy Cat” has died at the age of seven, her owners said early Friday.
“We are unimaginably heartbroken to announce the loss of our beloved Grumpy Cat,” they said in a statement on Twitter.
The famous feline, whose frowning visage endeared her to millions of fans across social media and saw her photographed with celebrities including Stan Lee and Jennifer Lopez, passed away Tuesday “in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha” at her home in Arizona.
“Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome,” they said.
“Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times were tough. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”
Many fans posted messages of condolences on social media.
“Rest in peace, darling. Your scowl towards me was one of the best moments of my life,” Hollie-Anne Brooks posted on Twitter.
The mixed-breed cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, found fame when a photo of her as a kitten was posted on Reddit in September 2012, her website says.
“Her petite size and famous face is likely due to feline dwarfism and her rear end wobbles a bit when she walks due to this; otherwise she is a perfect little kitty!”
Despite her permanent frown, she was “super cute and cuddly.”
Grumpy Cat has 8.5 million fans on Facebook, 2.5 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million on Twitter.
Actor Fred Hechinger joins the cast of Hulu limited series ‘Pam & Tommy’
News on the World and Fear Street actor Fred Hechinger has joined the cast of the Hulu restricted series Pam and Tommy in a recurring role.
The series depends on the genuine story behind the release of the first ever popular video — the sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Composed by Robert Siegel and DV DeVincentis, Annapurna-delivered Pam and Tommy stars Lily James and Sebastian Stan as the well known VIP couple.
Hechinger will play Seth Warshavsky, an classic Silicon Valley wonderkind, yet with the ethical limit of a pre-owned vehicle sales rep.
Siegel and DeVincentis executive produce and DeVincentis likewise serves as showrunner. Craig Gillespie directs and furthermore executive produces with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Alex McAtee by means of Point Grey;Dave Franco, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Ali Krug through Anapurna; alongside Chip Vucelich, Dylan Sellers and Sarah Gubbins.
Hechinger’s new credits include Let Them All Talk, Italian Studies, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 and Fear Street Part Three: 1666.
He’s repped by A3 Artists Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and attorney Ryan LeVine.
Anne Rice’s ‘Interview With the Vampire’ series ordered at AMC
AMC is formally pushing ahead with an series adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview With the Vampire.”
Information on the series order comes a little more than a year after Variety only detailed that AMC had procured the rights to Rice’s book series “The Vampire Chronicles” and “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches.” “Interview With the Vampire” is the first series to be greenlit out of the obtaining.
The cabler has given the series an eight episode request with an eye toward a 2022 introduction on both AMC and AMC Plus. Rolin Jones will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner on the series under his general deal with AMC Studios. Imprint Johnson will chief produce under his general deal with AMC Studios too, with Anne Rice and Christopher Rice likewise executive producing.
Johnson has a long history with AMC Networks, having filled in as a leader maker on shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “Rectify.” In addition to executive producing “Interview with the Vampire,” he will lead AMC’s endeavors to foster the full Anne Rice collection for streaming and television. “Interview with a Vampire” was recently adjusted into an element in 1994 featuring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.
“This is a day we have been looking forward to since we acquired this legendary Anne Rice collection a little more than a year ago,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “This story already has millions of fans in the U.S. and around the world, we can’t wait to share this new interpretation of the classic brought to life by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on developing the entire collection. With ‘The Walking Dead,’ this Anne Rice collection and our majority stake in Agatha Christie Limited through our own Acorn TV, we are proud to have the stewardship of three unique, fan-forward and beloved franchises and universes, which we are only just beginning to explore. We are also thrilled to have Mark, a world class producer we have previously worked with on iconic series like ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Rectify,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ on board at the helm of our efforts to develop an entire Anne Rice universe, with significant aspirations for these beloved stories and characters.”
The acquisition deal included 18 titles between the two book series, which together have sold in excess of 150 million duplicates around the world. Among the books in the two series are “Interview with the Vampire,” “Queen of the Damned,” “The Vampire Lestat,” and “The Witching Hour.”
“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” Johnson said. “Having previously produced films from such singular works, I recognize both the responsibility and the obligation we owe the material. I strongly believe that with AMC and Rolin Jones we are equipped to meet this challenge and to thrill and entertain both the loyal Anne Rice fan and the viewer who is just now discovering her work.”
Anne Rice is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than 30 books. Her first novel, “Interview with the Vampire,” was published in 1976 and has gotten one of top rated books worldwide A New York Times Bestselling and grant winning novelist by his own doing, Christopher Rice has worked together with Anne on numerous novels. Along with his creating accomplice, individual New York Times Bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn, he runs the podcast and video network TDPS.
“In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest Vampire novel ever written (all respects to Mr. Stoker),” Jones said. “Nearly fifty years later we know what’s expected of us. We know how much this book and the ones that follow mean to their massive fan base. We feel you over our shoulders as we tend the Savage Garden. Louis and Lestat are coming out of hiding and we can’t wait to re-unite them with you.”
Animated series ‘Strange Planet’ set at Apple from Dan Harmon and Nathan Pyle
Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet is getting the TV treatment.
Apple TV+ has distributed a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for an animated series dependent on Pyle’s webcomic and best-selling graphic novels of a similar name.
The arrangement will tell profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet similar to our own. Amalia Levari will fill in as showrunner on the whimsical comedy. Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community) will be credited as a co-creator alongside Pyle on the series. The pair will executive produce close by Levari.
Abnormal Planet will be produced in-house at Apple’s as of late launched Apple Studios close by animation production house ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman, Final Space). Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico will executive produce for ShadowMachine close by Steve Levy and Pyle’s better half, Taylor Alexy Pyle.
Artist, author and writer Pyle recently had one of his designs featured on Harmon’s former religion NBC comedy Community. He has distributed various New York Times smash hit books. He dispatched webcomic Strange Planet in mid 2019. The comic follows a planet of genderless outsiders and investigates the intricacies of humankind. The series acquired an after on Instagram, prompting a book in November of that very year. A subsequent book continued in 2020. The Pyles are repped by CAA, The Gernert Co. also, Weintraub.
Bizarre Planet is Harmon’s fourth animated series, joining Adult Swim megahit Rick and Morty, Fox’s impending Krapopolis and FXX’s as of late arranged Little Demon. He’s repped by CAA.
Levari, who acquired an Emmy in 2015 for composing on Comedy Central’s Over the Garden Wall, additionally considers Nickelodeon’s Harvey Breaks as a real part of her credits. She’s with Kaplan Perrone and Morris Yorn.
Bizarre Planet turns into Apple’s second animated series, joining Disney-claimed Loren Bouchard passage Central Park (which returns for its second season this month).
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